Mr Noah

Album: Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper (2014)


  • Noah "Panda Bear" Lennox told the background to this song to Fader magazine. "I was talking to this holistic healer lady in Portugal who lives down the river," he explained. "She said, 'Your character is represented by three spirit animals' - a wolf, a bear, and an eagle. I thought that was odd, so I thought it would be a fun exercise to write a song that was a cartoon-y image of the way I thought about myself."

    "There's various sections of the songs that talk about elements of my character - a wolf section, a bear section, and an eagle section at the end," Panda Bear continued. "I've always had a thing with wolves, even though I was totally wrong about them. We think of wolves as these solitary creatures, but they're actually dedicated family beings. They travel in packs, and when they're on their own, they die. They don't survive."
  • This was released as the first single from Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper on October 23, 2014. Lennox didn't intend the title to invoke death. He explained to Spin: "The way the theme works in the songs is more like the Grim Reaper is a representation of change. Often when there's dramatic change, it feels like something kind of dies - particularly in identity, when there's parts of us or parts of our character that kind of die."


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